Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees dies: Fans and celebrities react

Bee Gees founding member Robin Gibb died Sunday after a “long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” his family said in a statement. He was 62.


View Photo Gallery: As part of one of the most successful pop groups of all time, Robin Gibb helped define the disco subculture of the 1970s. His signature song was “I Started a Joke.”

Gibb was in a coma for more than a week this April. After waking up, Gibb’s doctors released a statement revealing he had advanced colorectal cancer and marveling at his “extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength.” They warned his future was “uncertain.”

News of Gibb’s death broke shortly before the Billboard Music Awards began in Las Vegas. Hosts Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell of “Modern Family” paid tribute to the Bee Gee at the top of the show, Billboard tweeted.

On Gibb’s Facebook page, where news of his death was posted Sunday afternoon, fans shared their condolences and thanked the songwriter for his contributions to music. His brother Barry Gibb has not released a statement.

Read reactions from celebrities and musicians on Twitter below.

Sorry to hear about the passing of Robin Gibb of the BeeGees. Our condolences to his friends and family: eonli.ne/LjTR6T

— Duran Duran (@duranduran) May 20, 2012

R.I.P. Robin Gibb. The Bee Gees, one of the most successful groups in pop music history. Pure genius.

— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) May 21, 2012

Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young.

— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) May 20, 2012

RIP Robin Gibb!! #EMOTIONSTAKINGMEOVER (I’m so glad DC3 got the chance to remake that song)

— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) May 20, 2012

RIP Robin Gibb. Continues to sadden me to see cancer take our loved ones. Gotta put a stop to it.

— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) May 21, 2012

Rest In Peace Robin Gibb...you brought us so much joy what an amazing talent!!

— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) May 20, 2012

And here’s a tribute of sorts from comedian Jeffrey Ross that is sure to stir up controversy.

Bee Gee Robin Gibb passed away last night from Saturday Night Fever.#roastinpeace

— Jeffrey Ross (@realjeffreyross) May 20, 2012

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